The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) chief executive, Harry Rich, has been quoted saying that "shameful shoebox homes" may lead to a "lower quality of life" for consumers*. As a result, the association is calling for access to better information, in terms of floor areas and floor plans that incorporate example furnishings. By doing so, it will provide consumers with a clearer view on the size of the property and how it would suit their personal living needs.
At Metropix, we already offer agents the opportunity to incorporate furnishings into their 2D and 3D floor plans to give homebuyers and tenants the opportunity to visualise the space in the property. It provides a representative view on how the house could work as their home, letting them determine just how they might live within the available space.
In our view, the level of detail within floor plans today helps consumers make a better informed decision before even walking into the property, and this in turn provides 'better quality' viewings for both agents and sellers as a result.
If you're not already using this feature, you can try it by selecting the "All symbols" option in the bottom left corner of the screen when drawing a plan.